Ok. So I finally saw Project X over the weekend. Great movie that makes you want to rage. What impressed me the most was the stellar sound track.
One song in particular that really got me was A-Trak’s remix of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, ‘Heads Will Roll.’ Yes…I get it…the song is over two years old but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a jam. This song rocks and I haven’t stopped listening to it early this week.
Diplo is the man. Major Lazer is way too much fun. These are the conclusions DUBBY has reached after their weekend down at Bonnaroo.
Skrillex was supposed to be the man of the festival in the EDM scene. A set from 1:30-3:30 on Saturday night? How could a fan not be excited? We certainly were, but he failed to blow us away. Yes, he played all of his top hits including a great remix of Nero’s ‘Promises,’ but he ended 15 minutes early and the sound on the Which Stage was a little off.
Big Gigantic was fantastic to kick off the festival on Thursday. The Colorado duo was on point and closed with some of their new jams, all featuring a ton of dub.
However, Major Lazer was the best act of the weekend. Philly P did a nice write up on the project a few days ago and they didn’t disappoint. They brought the energy from the start and had the crowd jumping from the get go. At one point they had the whole crowd take off their shirts, brought a ton of girls on stage and then asked for the crowd to take off their pants. Very little of the crowd did as they were told, but it was still a ton of fun to say the least and it loosened everyone up.
This was the second straight festival that DUBBY saw Major Lazer (Snowball back in March) and the act was so much better down in Tennessee. Don’t miss them if you have the chance to see them.
Major Lazer has been a hot act to see since the explosion of dance music, and is only continuing to create DUBBYfresh beats. Consisting originally of well known producer/DJ Wesley Pentz aka Diplo aka White Lazer, as well as DJ Dave Taylor better known as DJ Switch who has since changed his stage name to Jillionaire. This group, with Diplo as the main contributor/producer is putting out music bridging the gap between genres and truly pushing the envelope for every one making dance music today.
Recently, on April 16, 2012, Major Lazer released a collaboration with vocalist Amber Coffman from Dirty Projectors called “Get Free” that truly pushes for furthering dance music by giving it a calm reggae feel layered with some of the most fitting vocals anyone could have imagined. Diplo was completely successful on the maiden voyage of Holy Ship 2012 earning Major Lazer a spot on upcoming Holy Ship 2013, which is a highly desired gig for any dance music act right now.
If you haven’t heard this track, and even if you have… Enjoy one of my favorite track choices for Summer 2012.
In the first installment of DUBBYstep’s experience of DEMF we primarily covered the Dirtybird after-party, as we did not attend the actual Movement Festival during the day. However, day two began with butterflies in my stomach in anticipation of a lineup on Sunday ranging from new age dubstep sensation Zeds Dead , all the way to old school hip hop and rap legends Public Enemy, and back to Detroit local talent and artistic director as well as former co-creator of DEMF Carl Craig. Sunday’s lineup for Movement was no doubt stacked at every one of the five stages creating some difficult decisions and sacrifices to make.
Upon arrival we were wisely informed to go to the Beatport Stage for DJ Heidi, who was raised in Windsor, Ontario, just across the bridge and in close proximity of Detroit techno and Chicago house, she truly soaked up those vibes growing up. Her set was funky and sexy yet filled with fun energy all the way until she had the crowd go nuts for a Snoop Dogg track toward the end of her set. We had to skip out on part of Heidi to catch the secretive duo Tiger & Woods, who spun some disco house funky hybrid sound that had everyone moving and smiling the way everyone at a daytime festival should be. Keep an eye out for this duo in 2012.
Brace yourself for a lot of names as a result of way too much amazing music going on in too small of a time. Being from Chicago I felt it only appropriate to go pay our respect and dance our asses off for DJ Sneak!! Forced to either skip a lot or bounce around, we made rounds: Maya Jane Coles killed her DEMF debut with excellent style, Wolf + Lamb which was short lived for us but had a great vibe and received stellar fan reviews, Maceo Plex pumped the crowd up with some deep future funky bass hybrid and comical sampling at one point from a Cheech and Chong skit, legend Josh Wink lit up the Main Stage ending with a tribute to Beastie Boys he played Brass Monkey, Hot Natured (Jamie Jones and Lee Foss) if you haven’t seen them SEE THEM, Marco Carola bringing in the big techno sound to set up for the amazing tech house master Loco Dice who was welcomed to the stage by Ice-T and wife Coco, and we finished off the night with another amazing set by Claude Vonstroke dropping that new Justin Martin – Don’t Go (Leroy Peppers remix) which turned out to be the talk of the town after his set.
Having to go home on Monday morning instead of getting to stay for the final day of Movement hurt my heart more than my legs and feet could ever hurt, but my body was not complaining about getting to lay down. After it all I have to admit, Detroit does not mess around.
Ice-T and Coco introducing Loco Dice at Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival!
On Tuesday, Koan Sound kicked off Skrillex’s list of artists that he thinks should be big. Today, at DUBBY, we turn our focus to the French duo ‘Bromance.’ Bromance is the collaboration of Brodinski and Gesaffelstein.
DUBBYstep’s own, PhillyP, has seen both of these guys before aboard Holy Ship! and can agree with Skrillex about their sound. When they come together to form Bromance they sound like they are, ‘doing the techno thing, but it’s a bit more aggressive and punk-rock than normal.’
Check them out below.
The moment is here. After more than seventy events for millions of visitors in over twenty countries Sensation, presented by Bud Light Platinum, will hit the US.
Due to the great demand, the world’s leading dance event will take place two successive nights in a row. Both events will take place at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th of October.
For those who want to combine an amazing Sensation night with a weekend in NYC, Sensation offers travel packages. The packages include of one or more overnight stays in a hotel, a Regular or Deluxe ticket and a transfer to and from the venue. The packages are now available on sensation.com.
Be part of the night, dress in white!
I came across the latest Rolling Stone issue over the weekend and it was their ‘Big’ Issue. A lot of the focus was on up-and-coming artists. In music, in acting and in life.
What impressed me the most was a deep dive into EDM with features on Skrillex and SHM. Rolling Stone asked Skrillex who he thought should be big time artists. He listed four. DUBBYstep will take a look at each one. If Skrillex digs these artists then they must be talented.
First up…Koan Sound.
The duo from Bristol, UK is signed to Skrillex’s label, OWSLA. Koan Sound is known for their down tempo, dubstep-inspired glitch hip-hip, according to Skrillex and Rolling Stone.
Their sound is mellow and free-spirited at one moment and then bass-bumping the next. A sound that can really get the dance floor going. The mellowness in some of their tracks may be attributed back to the meaning of ‘Koan,’ which is a puzzling, often paradoxical statement or story, used in Zen Buddhism as an aid to meditation and a means of gaining spiritual awakening.
Koan Sound is playing all over the world this summer, but will make their next step at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
Check out their featured track with Foreign Beggars on YouTube, ‘Look Who’s Back.’
Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival is a staple on the EDM community, specifically to house and techno music which were born in Chicago and Detroit respectively. The Detroit based festival began in 2000 and has over-come management changes as well as other controversy to become a successful 3 day mecca for dance music fans and artists alike. Staying true to the original concept of featuring the progressive and underground dance acts along side the veterans of the craft, Paxahau’s Movement should be a bucket list item that any dance music fan should experience.
DUBBYstep’s weekend in Detroit was short, but packed with amazing music and stories. Arriving Saturday in Detroit, as DEMF is always over Memorial Day weekend running from Saturday to Monday, we attended the Dirtybird Records after party held at the legendary Leland Hotel City Club thanks to label head and long time Detroit local, Claude Vonstroke, pulling some strings. Every act on that lineup (Justin Jay, WORTHY, JPhlip, Eats Everything, Justin Martin, Claude Vonstroke, and Christian Martin in that order) was flawless in getting the crowd built up to the point of dripping sweat yet still jumping out of their shoes until 6 AM! There is no doubt in anyone’s mind who made it to the end that Christian Martin aka Leroy Peppers unveiling his new remix of “Don’t Go” for brother Justin Martin was the highlight of the night. A true “life moment” for the Martin brother’s and die hard Dirtybird fans alike… Justin Martin screams out in the video, “You are witnessing history!!! You are witnessing f***ing history!!!” as his brother concludes playing his “surprise present”.
Video from DUBBYstep provided below, and keep an eye out for DAY TWO of DEMF from your very own DUBBYstep.com…
The Wakarusa festival will kick off this weekend in Ozark, Arkansas, and much to my dismay, I will not be attending. Although offered a free artist pass and all but my flight paid for, my failure to return a text in a timely manner resulted in an expired offer and a really, really salty me…
Now in its 9th year (the fourth year at the present Mulberry Mountain location(Left)), Wakarusa has drawn serious attention from music fans and has found itself in a position to land big name acts from numerous music genres (think Slightly Stoopid – The Avett Brothers – Pretty Lights).
Though not attending, we here at Dubby will be paying close attention to the stories, pictures and video coming out of this years Wakarusa festival, so if you’re into it–stay tuned—we’ll be passing along the good word.
The third annual North Coast Music Festival has just announced the second wave for Summer’s Last Stand! Joining an already stellar line up are Chicago’s own UMPHREY’S McGEE, rising electro/dubstep production duo KNIFE PARTY, the legendary PAUL OAKENFOLD, Dutch DJ CHUCKIE, southern-fried hip-hop star YELAWOLF, electronic-jam band EOTO, disco rockers BOOMBOX, Laser Extraordinaire’s SAVOY, West Coast hip-hoppers PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS and more!
See the full lineup and details later today at www.northcoastfestival.com/
Tickets for the festival at Clubtix.com
Here is a snapshot of the lineup thus far.